Emily Stewart – Violin Teacher

Violin, Viola, Piano, Flute
Violin Performance, Temple University

I teach violin, viola, piano, and flute. Violin is my primary instrument. I studied violin performance at Temple University and graduated in 2014. While in college I began teaching string instruments at the Philadelphia Strings Project at Temple. Since then I have taught string classes for multiple schools and programs throughout the city. I currently teach classes with Musicopia and Trenton Music Makers in addition to private lessons. I am planning on becoming a full-time school music teacher. Working in a variety of teaching environments has helped me hone my teaching method while learning to tailor my approach to the needs of the student.

When did you begin playing violin, and why?
I began playing violin in the 4th grade in my school’s music program. I was inspired by the fiddle player Alison Krauss and also loved classical music from a young age.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
Viola-5 years
Piano- 10 years
Flute-10 years

What are your personal goals as a musician?
I am working on becoming a full-time school music teacher, so I’m working on honing my musical skills to pass on to future musicians.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?
One time a piano teacher was able to explain subdividing to me, and I’ve had much better rhythm ever since.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
Organize your practice time, especially when preparing for a big performance or audition.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
I developed some bad technique habits, so I had to go back and relearn some things. It was tedious but ultimately very useful.

What is your biggest musical achievement?
Playing my senior recital to graduate from college.

Favorite thing about teaching?
Watching my students overcome some of the same challenges I faced when I was first learning a new instrument.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Practice frequently. It’s better to practice every day (or most days) for a shorter amount of time than to practice for hours once a week.